Matternet Expands Operations to Asia By way of Drone Supply Partnership with Japan Airways – Drones Information
Today Matternet, developer of the world’s leading logistics platform for urban drones, announced that the company will expand its activities to Asia through a new business partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL). The partnership is to use the Matternet M2 drone system in the Tokyo City Government’s new “Drone Logistics Business Development Project” and to use the system to evaluate the possibilities for drone delivery in Japan. Through proof-of-concept trials, JAL will gain significant flight experience on Matternet’s urban drone delivery platform and work with Matternet to develop the future of the partnership’s drone delivery business.
“We are very excited to expand our operations to Asia and to partner with JAL to show the incredible impact of drone delivery in Japan’s cities, starting with the Tokyo metropolitan area,” said Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet. “Matternet’s drone delivery platform enables extremely fast and predictable transportation of urgent items and will revolutionize the delivery of healthcare and e-commerce services in cities and megacities around the world.”
JAL and Matternet will use the M2 drone system to deliver prescription drugs, medical supplies and blood supplies to stimulate emergency and disaster relief scenarios. The test program aims to operate on a BVLOS route across a dense urban area in the heart of Tokyo and retrieve items from the Mediceo Corp. warehouse. in east Tokyo to St. Luke’s International Hospital.
“Japan Airlines is committed to exploring the future of its air logistics business with the implementation of drone delivery,” said Tomohiro Nishihata, Japan Airlines’ Managing Executive Officer of Innovation. “Through our partnership with Matternet, we want to contribute to improving the health system and solving logistical problems.”
Matternet’s drone system has been in operation worldwide since 2017 through partnerships with Swiss Post and UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF). In Switzerland, the system is operated in the EOC hospital in Lugano and in the University Hospital Zurich. In the United States, surgeries take place at Wake Forest Baptist Health and at WakeMed’s FlagMedhip Hospital and Campus in Raleigh. NC Matternet’s technology also enables UPSFF to provide a drone delivery service of prescription drugs to The Villages, Florida, one of the largest in the US age communities. The service offers seniors at higher risk for coronavirus infection the opportunity to get prescriptions without going to a store.
Matternet has developed the industry leading technology for on-demand air delivery in urban environments. The company offers its technology platform as a service for healthcare and logistics companies. In March 2017, Matternet was the first company worldwide to be approved for the commercial BVLOS operation of drone logistics networks over cities in Switzerland. In March 2019, Matternet and UPS announced a partnership to provide drone delivery services to U.S. healthcare systems, starting with WakeMed Health in NC and most recently with Wake Forest Baptist Health. In October 2019, Matternet’s technology enabled the first (full Part 135 Standard certification) of the FAA-approved drone airline UPS Flight Forward (USPFF), which enabled the rapid expansion of healthcare facilities in the United States. To date, Matternet technology has enabled more than 10,000 drone flights with commercial revenue. You can find more information about Matternet at: https://mttr.net.
About Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and was the first international airline in Japan. As a member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline and its codeshare partners now reach 430 airports in 66 countries and regions. Recognized by Skytrax as one of the most punctual major international airlines and a certified 5 star airline, JAL aims to provide the highest levels of flight safety and quality to its customers in all aspects of its preferred and valued airlines in the world . JAL aims to develop a new type of service in the aviation industry using new UAV technology by providing medical care and achieving key sustainable development goals.